Thayer R-II School District Partners With SMCHC

SMCHC Clinic on Campus

The Southern Missouri Community Health Center has formed a partnership with the Thayer R-II School District to provide clinic service for Thayer Students/Faculty and Staff. The purpose of the center is to provide accessible and affordable urgent/walk-in and preventative health services on-site at the school district’s campus to students, faculty, and staff. Students will not be able to be seen at the center without the consent from their parent/guardian. 

Location: The center is located on the second floor of the Thayer Elementary school at 365 East Walnut Street. Using the front entrance to the building, checking in at the office and then proceeding up the stairs, located next to the library and across the hall from the bathrooms.

Initial Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday & Wednesday; These services will begin the first day of School August 26, 2020.


Some of the Services Provided at the Thayer School Based center: Urgent/Walk-in care, Preventative Care, Wellness Visits, Flu Vaccine, Sports Physicals, Point-of-Care Testing (i.e. - Rapid Strep and Influenza Testing)

Team at the Thayer Center: Provider (Nurse Practitioner), Licensed Nurse,

*Additional staff may be added as demand dictates.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page on the back for more information.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to call the SMCHC Main Office at (417)255-8464.

Mental Health service will also be provided at the school. 

Location: The LCSW will be located at the Thayer High School at 401 East Walnut Street.

Initial Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tuesday’s.

Some of the Services Provided at the Thayer School Based center: Individual Counseling, Depression, Family issues as well as many others.

Thayer School Based Health Center

Frequently Asked Questions

How much money did it cost Thayer R-II School District to develop and implement the school-based clinic?

The center was opened at minimal cost to the school, Thayer R-II is providing clinic space in an unused classroom.


Who can use the Clinic? At this time, students of the Thayer R-II School District as well as staff and faculty of the Thayer R-II School District can utilize the services at the center.


Are Thayer R-II School District faculty and/or staff required to use the clinic? No, but the center is available and accessible for the faculty and staff to use.

Will all students have the ability to receive services from the center? Yes; all students who are seen by the staff at the center must have consent on file from their parent/guardian.

How can my student access care at the school-based clinic? The preferred method for being seen at the Clinic will be to go through the School Nurses to be referred to the Clinic. Any student seeking medical care at the center during school hours will have to notify the School Nurse in their building. Students needing medical care will need parental consent to be seen at the center. Outside of school hours, patients can be seen on a walk-in basis or can contact the center directly to schedule an appointment.

How do students pay for these services? Students utilizing the center will use the same type of payment as they would at any other medical establishment, i.e. Medicaid, private Insurance, etc. In addition, Southern Missouri community health care has a sliding scale based on parent/guardian income as well as a same-day, self-pay discount so services can be provided at an affordable rate. No student will be turned away due to financial hardship or inability to pay for services.


Does the addition of a Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Nurse mean that we will not have school nurses in our buildings? No; the addition of the Nurse Practitioner and a Licensed Nurse will be additional support to our current school nurses. As a general rule of thumb, these services would extend beyond what a School Nurse would typically treat.

Does the Nurse Practitioner have the ability to prescribe medications and perform labs? Yes, and yes. The Nurse Practitioner will only prescribe medications under the supervision of a collaborating physician. Only point-of-care testing will be done on-site at the clinic. Any labs beyond this will have to be seen in the Thayer or West Plains Clinic

Will the clinic have the ability to prescribe birth control or other methods of contraception to our students? No; a referral can be made for any services not available at the health clinic, including, but not limited to the Thayer or West Plains Clinic.

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